2014-02-18 - Footsteps
Ice Storm Lessons, Part 2
Originally Published 2011-01-25
I recently shared that walking on the ice was easiest for me, when I had
a good, supportive foundation, rather than a dangerous one. Another lesson
I learned was about pathways. I found that following in my husband's footsteps
was easier and safer than pursuing my own path.
This reminded me that we should be constantly thinking about the paths we
are pursuing, which should always be in Christ's footsteps and we
should not go beyond the Biblical boundaries God has set for us. Simply put,
to follow in Jesus' footsteps, we need to consult the word of God. If it
says no, the answer is no. The answer isn't "well that was not allowed during
Biblical times, but we are living in modern times," or "you have to look
at the Bible in light of the time it was written." Or "oh, no one will be
hurt" (usually untrue, anyway). No, God's word is unchanging; if the answer
was no in 33 A.D., the answer is no in 2014.
And if the Bible doesn't speak definitively on an issue, it's time for heavy
prayer, asking God to guide us through the Holy Spirit, as well as sometimes
seeking the guidance of mature Christians, and walking in their footsteps.
If your pastor, or your Christian friends or family members are advising
you against something (living with your boyfriend/girlfriend before you marry,
dressing immodestly, dating someone who isn't a Christian, copying copyrighted
music etc.), there is probably a wise reason for it. If you want to know
which way to turn in a decision process, ask God for wisdom; the Bible promises
that He will provide it.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise
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